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    By mary

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    I had third graders...but this year I will have a split 2/3 class and I plan on having pets again. I also never thought of alergies, but thankfully I didn't have any students who had any.

    Another "problem" you may want to think about is those parents who will not want their student touching "those things." I had a parent who just could not believe that we had "rats" in our classroom. She didn't give me any trouble (thank goodness) but one of the first things she would say when she came in the room was "Keep those rats away from me"--I think in the end she just did it to get the kids started.

    Another thing you need to keep in mind is hampsters tend to escape if you don't have a secure top on the cage. One of our hampsters got out and the kids were VERY upset thinking something dreadful had happened to him. We were in the middle of math when all of a sudden we heard a scream and then "RAT!!!" come from next door, so we knew he was okay.

    Our pets are still fine (my husband adopted them at the end of the year). I don't know how I would of handled the death of one of them. I guess we would of had a funeral for it.(I don't mean any disrespect of any kind, but seriously, the kids loved them so well I am sure we would of had to have a funeral.) One student wanted to take them to the vet to find out if they were boys or girls. I was surprised to see how attached the kids get to these animals...



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